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Hamidou Diallo has No Regrets

© Brian Losness | USATSI

© Brian Losness | USATSI

Hamidou Diallo is in a familiar situation.  A borderline first round NBA draft pick in 2017, after returning to Kentucky for a year of college basketball Diallo remains on the fringe, hopeful he can convince a team to select him in the first round.

Diallo’s only season in a Kentucky uniform was filled with ups and downs.  He did not expect to endure so much adversity.  He expected to become a lottery pick.  Even though that did not happen, he would not change a thing.

“No regrets, none,” Diallo said. “I had one foot in the NBA, one foot in college. I was not 100 percent sure I wanted to go into the NBA. I feel like I made the best decision to go back to school, and if I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same exact way. I feel like I made the right decision.”

In a wonderful profile by Sporting News, Diallo did not hide from his flaws at Kentucky.  He knows where he struggled.  Instead of shying away from shortcomings, he embraced them as learning lessons.

“The best thing I learned at Kentucky this year was, how to fight myself, how to conquer myself,” Diallo said. “When I say conquer myself, I mean when things aren’t going my way, what type of player am I? What type of teammate am I? Not just basketball — you wake up in the morning, you are late, you are late for class, you miss the bus. It’s raining. You’re not having a good day, you miss breakfast. How are you going to perform in practice that day?

“What if game-day routine is thrown off, how do you handle it? What kind of player are you going to be on that day? That’s when you need to conquer yourself.”

Diallo is no stranger to adversity.  The son of Guinean immigrants, he has witnessed what it takes to be successful when the odds are unfavorable.  Diallo is taking the hard-working mentality his parents taught him into workouts with NBA teams.  This weekend he’ll be in his hometown, working out with the Nets on Friday and the Knicks on Saturday, before wrapping up his pre-draft tour with the Bucks next week.

In one year at Kentucky, Hamidou Diallo did not post the numbers of a future NBA superstar, but he learned difficult, invaluable lessons that will pay dividends in the near future.

[Sporting News]


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Hamidou Diallo has No Regrets

  1. Cincy Cayt
    11:56 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Nor should he. He made a strategic decision and still has a great opportunity to prove himself. It’s difficult to put a value on having your mind ready for the NBA. It isn’t always served by hindsight.

  2. Realme
    11:58 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    The draft hasn’t even happened yet, let alone him actually trying to play at he next level. What an odd question to be asking him at this point.

    • Bobbum Man
      3:50 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Not really, he had a chance to go pro last year and be a higher pick than he will now… pretty’s reasonable to ask him if he regrets it

    • Cincy Cayt
      7:25 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Draft hasn’t happened. He could still get a good deal. By asking him now you’re asking him to speculate both on the past and the future = odd question

  3. shepdog3720
    1:20 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Underwhelming is the only way to describe his two years at UK, in my opinion. Good luck to the kid.

  4. bosch8184
    1:33 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    He will when he’s balling in Turkey.

    • BBNDan7
      3:42 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      And still making more money than you to do what he loves

    • KYcats11
      5:27 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      You act like it’s a bad thing getting paid for doing what you love which is basketball.

  5. Saul T. Nuts
    1:39 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    He sounds like a mature young man to me. I wish him nothing but the best!

  6. 8generationsblue
    2:07 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    He’s not that good. Should be back in school

  7. drew_123
    3:55 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    I think it’s funny the amount of people hating on this kid. He doesn’t owe y’all anything, and I don’t blame him for leaving the way some of y’all act on social media.

  8. BlooBloodRon
    4:16 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    This kid learned more about himself and being the best he can be as a human being this year than he did about basketball. Kudos to him for that. And he’s more mature than 95% of the UK “fans” who have hated on him the last half of the season. Wish him only the best and actually expect good things from him once he finds his niche on the court.

  9. CoachCat
    4:45 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    I love it when people say “ he’s going to make more money then you “ lol. G league makes 35K a year lmao.

    • KYcats11
      5:30 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Overseas players make in the upper hundred thousands to lower millions. I guarantee that’s more than you make. Plus, he’s getting paid to play a sport. Do you realize how cool that is?

  10. Swizzle
    5:00 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Glad he left, hopefully replaced by someone that’ll have more than 2 good games next year.

  11. CoachCat
    8:24 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Do you realize how cool that is lmao. Plus, don’t guarantee anything you don’t know for a fact my friend. Makes you look silly

    • KYcats11
      11:12 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      So you can get paid to make burgers, while Hami gets paid to shoot a ball. Lol.

  12. CoachCat
    11:49 am June 8, 2018 Permalink

    Again. Making assumptions out of thin air. You must be a kid lol